Green Man Of Knowledge, a 13 minute animation
by Rachel Bevan Baker, took the Jim Poole Short
Film Award, held at the Cameo Cinema, Edinburgh.
judges had a short list of 10 films to consider,
from 77 entries.
winning film earns an award of £1,000 together
with a distribution deal from Oasis, owners
of the Cameo. The film will now be seen in other
Oasis owned or controlled cinemas, including
The Gate at Notting Hill and The Ritzy at Brixton.
The other projects on the Jim Poole Award short
list are also detailed in this edition of Northern
to Rachel Bevan Baker, the story made an ideal
animation project: "The Green Man is known
in many cultures, including Gaelic, so it is
a universal tale, but it also includes shape
shifting, so that makes it a good choice for
animation. It carries a sound narrative, like
so many stories in the oral tradition, but I
also liked the strong female character Malmhian
(mh is the Gaelic "v" sound
ed) who was an interesting counterbalance to
the male characters, including the Green Man."
film tells the story of a young man who reaches
his 21st birthday and ventures forth
from his home. On reaching the Land Of Enchantment,
his right of passage begins. The Green Man Of
Knowledge was one of three nominations for a
BAFTA new talent award last year.
film was originally commissioned by S4C and
by BBC Scotland as one of a 26-part series based
on local legends and folk tales from different
parts of the world, contributed by the different
countries involved. The award-winning films
director researched legends and recorded a number
of storytellers before settling on The Green
Man Of Knowledge.
weekends ceremony was the second Jim Poole
Award named after a former owner and
manager of the Cameo Cinema in Edinburgh
and the award was presented by last years
winner, Adrian McDowall. The technical quality
of the animation was remarked on by those seeing
the film as the factor that made a good story
outstanding on the screen.
animation technique used to produce The Green
Man Of Knowledge is unusual, as Rachel Bevan
Baker describes; "We animated first on
paper, coloured with pastels, then a cell layer
on top which is coloured like an etching, with
the cell being scratched into and rubbed with
oil bar colour. The effect is very, very beautiful,
but very time consuming. It kept our colourists
and animators busy for several months
quite a long stint for a 13 minute film!"
award commemorates Jim Poole, a cinema theatrical
visionary who took over a well-worn 1914 vintage
Edinburgh Cameo and re-launched it as the New
Cameo in 1949, owning and managing it until
his eventual retirement in 1982. The Cameo is
now owned by the Oasis.
award was made by a panel that included Jim
Pooles daughter Jennie Poole, actor
Gary Lewis, Angus Lamont of Ideal World Productions,
Glasgow and Dan MacRae, Depute Director of Development
at the Film Council and from Zoo CinemaX MD
Clare Binns and Programme Director Carol Miller.
Representing Oasis, the Cameos General
Manager Diane Henderson.
Bevan Baker was not able to receive the award
in person, as she was attending an animation
conference in Bristol, but members of her production
team accepted it for her and phoned a delighted
Rachel with the news.
came as a complete surprise," she said.
"I had just left the last screening in
Bristol when the team called to. I was delighted
- and pleased that the team collected it. It
is their award as much as mine. We are all delighted."
started her career in animation at Glasgow School
of Art when studying illustration. She did some
animation as part of her study and found her
preferred field of work. She went on the study
animation at the Royal College of Art, afterwards
working for the Edinburgh Film Workshop.
then gained an animation residence at MOMI where
her resulting film "Beelines" was
commissioned by Channel 4. Since then Rachel
has returned to Edinburgh and has been working
on animations as one of the partners in Red